Who? Kate Bush
Title: The Director’s Cut
Tell me more: Bush revisits The Red Shoes and Sensual World albums, from 1993 and 1989 respectively. These were from a productive period by the mysterious one, before she shuffled off into semi-retirement.
The Lowdown: In the Porky household, one uniting musical entity is Kate Bush, Mrs Porky strangely not liking the obscure-as-fuck British and Kiwi indie Mr Porky plays. Loudly. Receiving this we hunted around the sty and found on good old cassette a copy of The Red Shoes. Compare and contrast after all.
It seems spurious to revisit the past – why not produce a new one is my and many others’ cry – but Bush clearly feels the need to, as she says in the sleeve notes, “use the correct key to open a door”. In some respects that is understandable, for example for Flower of the Mountain, she was permitted to use text from James Joyce’s Ulysses, and has adopted them, something she was barred from doing for the original, called The Sensual World. It’s still a beautiful, ethereal track but, like much of The Director’s Cut it’s slowed down, with Bush no longer sounding like a sprightly early-30s woman. To be honest, it irritates it me, I feel like it needs to move up a gear, that it seems stuck in a leisurely groove. Moments of Pleasure retains the mellow pace of the original, but it feels like it has shunted into a truck driven by an elderly lady on a country road.
Rubberband Girl, a hit from 1993 is still the rousing, chorus-heavy passionate track I loved then, and I love now, with a resemble to a demo version of the Rolling Stones’ Honky Tonk Women.
The changes are sometimes technical (using the programme Auto-Tune, for example), tinkering with the lyrics and other changes, more of which are to the casual ear, minor than they are major. And while this writer finds it a largely pointless exercise Mrs Porky loves the new tone, the loss of what might affectionately be termed the eighties-ism and a stripped-back approach.
Anything else? Among the many contributors are Trio Bulgarka, a vocal ensemble who have been singing traditional Balkan music since 1975 and came to Western Europe’s attention during the World Music phase of the mid to late 1980s.